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AUL Calls Hearing on Planned Parenthood’s Medical Ethics “A Necessity to Examine an Industry that Harms Both Women and Their Unborn Children”

“It is something of an oxymoron to talk about the medical ethics of abortionists as they fight health and safety standards nationwide,” noted AUL’s Dr. Charmaine Yoest. “Abortion harms women, and today’s hearing is one of many needed to help people understand Abortion, Inc., in America.”


WASHINGTON, D.C. (10-08-15)
— As a fourth Congressional Committee prepares to examine Planned Parenthood’s horrific business model, selling abortions to vulnerable women and then re-selling the broken bodies of the infants whose lives they ended, Americans United for Life’s President and CEO Dr. Charmaine Yoest sent a letter to the House Judiciary Committee detailing legal concerns with troubling images revealed in recent videos. She wrote: “Americans United for Life applauds the House Committee on the Judiciary for holding a hearing ‘examining abortion procedures and medical ethics’ at Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion provider. The vast majority of Americans who have seen the Center for Medical Progress (CMP) investigative footage that uncovered Planned Parenthood’s shocking practice of harvesting baby organs in exchange for money have been appalled.

“Unfortunately, though, the callous disregard for life and law at Planned Parenthood was unsurprising. AUL has extensively documented scandals rampant throughout the abortion industry, which operates as a red-light district of medicine.” To read the entire letter, click here.

The letter is one of many documents circulated on Capitol Hill from AUL as lawmakers have begun investigating just what Planned Parenthood is doing with half-a-billion dollars in tax money each year.

“Americans United for Life has long been concerned with the horrific treatment that abortionists sell to women, with little or no oversight, and without necessary health and safety standards,” said Dr. Yoest. “Planned Parenthood’s hypocrisy can be seen in how hard they fight against medical standards to protect women, keeping the profits high at Planned Parenthood, the nation’s number one abortionist.”

In July of 2011, AUL released an explosive exposé, “The Case for Investigating Planned Parenthood,” which documents known and alleged abuses including misuse of federal healthcare and family planning funds, failure to report criminal child sexual abuse, failure to comply with parental involvement laws, willingness to assist those involved in prostitution and/or sex trafficking, dangerous abuse of the abortion drug RU-486, misinformation about so-called “emergency contraception,” including the new drug ella, willingness to give women deceptive and false information, and a willingness to refer women to substandard clinics.

In September 2011, led by U.S. Congressman Cliff Stearns (then Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations), the Energy and Commerce Committee launched the first ever investigation into Planned Parenthood’s use of taxpayer dollars and its institutional policies and practices – an investigation largely motivated by the troubling questions raised in this groundbreaking report.

In October 2012, AUL launched “The Planned Parenthood Exhibits: The Continuing Case for Investigating the Nation’s Largest Abortion Provider.” The Exhibits, background papers released every day in the month of October (Planned Parenthood’s anniversary month), document additional grounds to investigate, and ultimately de-fund, the abortion chain. The Exhibits serve as an important role in exposing the true nature of Planned Parenthood and cover a broad range of issues including: recently unsealed “whistleblower” lawsuits alleging fraudulent billing practices at Planned Parenthood, Planned Parenthood’s health and safety violations, Planned Parenthood’s bullying of the Susan G. Komen Foundation, and Planned Parenthood’s lobbying and litigation efforts to oppose to common-sense laws.

To read AUL’s legal analysis of Planned Parenthood’s business model, click here.

To learn more about the Women’s Protection Project, designed to protect women from abortion industry abuses, click here.

To understand the health risks of abortion for women, click here.

To watch today’s hearing, click here.